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2010 AirTAP Fall Forum

October 7–8, 2010

About the 2010 Forum

The 2010 Fall Forum, held October 7 and 8 in Alexandria, brought together airport personnel and experts from across Minnesota to learn from each other through small-group discussions and collaborative sessions. Topics followed the theme of Maximizing Resources and Opportunities in a Changing Economy.

Forum presentations

Maintaining High Standards in Tough Economic Times

Learn how to set realistic and market-driven performance and behavior standards that support customer service and profit goals.

  • Dave Allison, Allison & Associates
  • Steve Allison, Allison & Associates
Jet Blast Session:  Media Relations
  • Mindy Carlson, AirTAP/University of Minnesota
An Airport’s Evolution—The Story of the Alexandria and Albert Lea Airports

Listen to managers and consultants from Alexandria and Albert Lea airports tell the story of the airports’ history, showing the evolution over the last few decades and offering insight into why decisions were made to move in one direction over another.

Jet Blast Session: Airport Grant Update

Learn about the requirements and process for obtaining a state airport grant and review the grants that were awarded in FY10.

Is an Air Show in Your Future? Finding Ways to Bring Money and People to Your Airport

Hear interesting ways to bring attention and money to your airport, such as with air shows, special events, and land release.

Conversation with Jeff Hamiel

Hear from the Metropolitan Airports Commission executive director on current aviation topics.

SWPPP Implementation—What’s Ahead for the Next Five Years?

Discuss SWPPP implementation for all Minnesota airports, including testing methods and requirements, monitoring needs, reimbursable items, training requirements for airport staff, and equipment.

  • Mike Harder, Metropolitan Airports Commission
Partnering Strategies—Using Your Airport Colleagues to Better Run Your Airport

Learn about the opportunities and liabilities when partnering to meet budget constraints. Discussion will include borrowing equipment, developing cooperative agreements, and adhering to rules and regulations.

  • Glenn Burke, South St. Paul Municipal Airport
  • Alberto Rodriguez, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Andy Peek, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Dorothy Schneider, Morris Municipal Airport
  • Shaun Germolus, Chisholm–Hibbing Airport
Walking Technical Tours of Alexandria Municipal Airport
  • David Rettner, American Engineering Testing
  • Tom Wood, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • John Schroeder, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics
  • Craig Holmquist, O’Day Equipment
  • Alexandria airport staff

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